Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) heads house the opening objective of the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Liverpool at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 26, 2019. Oli SCARFF / AFP
Liverpool stretched their Premier League result in 13 factors by outclassing second-placed Leicester in a 4-0 win on Boxing Day as Manchester United and Tottenham reduce the hole on fourth-placed Chelsea.
Mikel Arteta obtained off to an underwhelming begin as Arsenal supervisor with a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth, however Carlo Ancelotti had a extra constructive impression on his Everton bow as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s good diving header earned a 1-0 win over Burnley.
Chelsea beat Tottenham in an enormous win for Frank Lampard over his former mentor Jose Mourinho on Sunday, however the hole between the 2 is again down to a few factors because the Blues misplaced 2-0 at house to lowly Southampton.
Spurs got here from behind to beat Brighton 2-1 because of targets from Harry Kane and Dele Alli, whereas United moved only a level additional again in seventh as they too overturned a poor begin to thrash Newcastle 4-1 with Anthony Martial scoring twice.
Liverpool lay down a marker
Liverpool’s journey to their closest challengers was the highest billing of a busy Boxing Day card, however there was no contest because the newly topped world champions confirmed their class.
Roberto Firmino’s header was scant reward for a dominant first half show as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah wasted massive probabilities.
However, three targets in seven minutes within the remaining quarter ensured the scoreline pretty mirrored their management.
James Milner doubled the guests’ lead earlier than Firmino’s elegant end made it 3-0.
Trent Alexander-Arnold helped arrange all of his aspect’s first three targets and rounded off a surprising particular person show by drilling house the fourth from exterior the field.
Tottenham, Man Utd shut on Chelsea
After the highs of Sunday, Chelsea once more struggled when confronted with breaking down cussed defensive opponents in Southampton.
The Blues have now misplaced to West Ham, Bournemouth and the Saints of their final 4 house league video games.
“We are being asked a different question at home. At the moment we are not answering them,” mentioned a annoyed Lampard. “We do not manage to pick up that final pass.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl’s determination to relaxation in-form talisman Danny Ings paid off as his substitute Michael Obafemi scored simply his second Premier League objective with a relaxed end into the highest nook.
The guests then secured a second straight win to maneuver as much as 14th when Nathan Redmond prodded previous the onrushing Kepa Arrizabalaga 17 minutes from time.
Spurs had been nonetheless feeling the after-effects of that Chelsea defeat with Son Heung-min suspended and confidence low when Adam Webster headed Brighton forward halfway by the primary half.
Kane swept house on the second try after his first shot was saved by Mat Ryan earlier than Alli then delivered all three factors with a pleasant chipped end from an acute angle.
“It’s an unbelievable finish,” Kane mentioned admiringly of Alli’s winner. “The ball is cut back to him, comes to hit Kieran – rounds him so quickly and it’s a kind of scoop over the goalkeeper – it’s fantastic.”
United had been additionally crushed 2-0 at bottom-of-the-table Watford on Sunday and one other irritating night seemingly beckoned when Matty Longstaff scored his second Premier League objective – each of which have come in opposition to the Red Devils.
However, in contrast to when the Magpies beat Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s males 1-0 in October, the response from United was emphatic.
Martial fired in on the close to publish with the assistance of Newcastle ‘keeper Martin Dubravka before a thundering finish from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford’s header made it 3-1 earlier than the break.
Another defensive error then teed up Martial to dink over Dubravka for the fourth early within the second half.
Arteta’s sluggish begin
Arteta obtained an early lesson within the flaws which have blighted Arsenal’s season as they had been caught out attempting to play from the again to concede the opening objective when Dan Gosling put Bournemouth in entrance.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once more rode to the Gunners’ rescue to equalise simply after the hour mark, however some extent leaves Arsenal nonetheless down in eleventh.
“It was intense, I was so excited, I just wanted to pass that energy to the players and I really enjoyed it,” mentioned Arteta.
Sheffield United are sixth, behind Tottenham solely on objective distinction, as they missed the prospect to shut to inside some extent of Chelsea in a 1-1 draw with Watford.
Gerard Deulofeu gave the Hornets an early lead, however that was rapidly cancelled out by Oliver Norwood’s penalty.
Crystal Palace climbed as much as eighth because of Jordan Ayew’s good particular person run and end a minute from time to beat West Ham 2-1.
Aston Villa received the battle of two of the underside three as Conor Hourihane’s high-quality strike was sufficient to beat Norwich 1-0.